Adventurous Thanksgiving-inspired hot chocolate with winter decorations just right for the season ahead. Enjoy.
3 Cups Heavy Cream, Divided Use
1/4 Cup Sweetened Condensed Milk
5 Tbsp Granulated Sugar, Divided Use
a pinch Salt
2 Tbsp Dark Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
1/2 Cup Semisweet Chocolate Chips
1 tsp Vanilla Extract
3 Tbsp Pumpkin Purée
Pumpkin Pie Spice, to taste
2 Cinnamon Sticks
Ground Nutmeg, to taste
1/2 Cup Milk
2 Jumbo Marshmallows
For the original hot chocolate:
1. In a saucepan, heat 1 cup of heavy cream, sweetened condensed milk, 2 Tbsp of granulated sugar, salt, and cocoa powder on medium heat.
2. When the mixture starts to bubble, stir in semisweet chocolate chips, vanilla extract, pumpkin purée, cinnamon sticks, ground nutmeg, milk, and hot water, and let simmer on low heat for a few minutes. Remove cinnamon sticks before serving.
For the sweetened whipped cream:
1. With an electric mixer on high, whip remaining heavy cream and remaining granulated sugar until stiff peaks form, and set aside.
For the finished hot chocolate:
1. Ladle into six glass mugs, top with sweetened whipped cream, and sprinkle on pumpkin pie spice. Slice each marshmallow lengthwise halfway through the middle to resemble the small notch or slit that you would cut to make citrus wheels, and put the cut side on the edge of each glass for an edible decoration. Fire up a kitchen torch on them, and enjoy.
Yields: about 6 pumpkin-cinnamon-spiced hot double chocolates with sweetened whipped cream and torched marshmallow garnish